Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cannabis the cure for Alzheimer's?

Moving on from TT angst at last, here's some good news for aging hippies. A study being done in Spain on marijuana revealed cannabinoids help prevent brain problems seen in Alzheimer's.

The findings showed that "cannabinoids work both to prevent inflammation and to protect the brain," says researcher Maria de Ceballos in a news release. That "may set the stage for [cannabinoids'] use as a therapeutic approach for [Alzheimer's disease]."

...Another interesting result also surfaced. The cannabinoids completely prevented activation of cells that trigger inflammation. These cells gather near plaque and are believed to be involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

"Our results indicate that cannabinoid receptors are important in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease and that cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in the disease," write the researchers in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Meanwhile... somewhere in America, John Walters, Karen Tandy (on your tax dollar) and Andrea Barthwell (on a moneymaking lecture tour) are telling the public it has no medicinal value.


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